USCG safely airlifts ill crewman from bulker off Pacific Northwest

USCG safely airlifts ill crewman from bulker off Pacific Northwest

A US Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter team successfully airlifted an ailing crewman from a bulk carrier more than 200 miles off the mouth of the Columbia River on the US Pacific Northwest coast.

The 50-year-old man fell ill, showing signs of a possible heart attack or stroke, which prompted the call for assistance from the 2017-built Atlas.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River responded and was able to medevac the man to shore from where he was transferred to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

The vessel, which is owned by a company connected to Greece’s Dalnave Navigation, was en route to Seattle at the time of the incident.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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